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Summer Travel Series: Wyoming, an adventure into Mormon pioneer history

Martin’s Cove

Wyoming: the rugged west, cowboys, horses, plentiful wildlife and a lot of Mormon pioneer history. There are many things to do and learn in the great outdoors in America’s 44th state.

Years before Wyoming was settled, groups of Mormon pioneer wagon trains traversed the rugged wilderness, crossed rivers, negotiated with Native Americans and coped with the ever-changing weather.

For the groups of pioneers traveling not in the “luxury” of covered wagons but pulling all they owned in two-wheeled handcarts, Wyoming was a difficult place to be, especially in the winter. The already beleaguered early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints left Iowa City, Iowa, in June of 1856 on their way to the Salt Lake Valley.

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